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Coastwatch was a Division of the Australian Customs Service, which was an agency of the Australian Federal Government, with its headquarters based in Canberra, Australia.[when?] The former Coastwatch Division is now known as the Border Protection Division of Customs and is a part of the Border Protection Command, a joint civil/military organisation responsible for civil maritime security.

Border Protection Command Dash 8 aircraft remain known as Coastwatch aircraft. These aircraft carry out civil maritime surveillance service to help protect Australia's borders. The fleet of specialised fixed-wing patrol aircraft and helicopters undertake electronic and visual surveillance of Australia's coastline and offshore maritime areas.

Border Protection Command coordinates missions for Coastwatch aircraft.

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  • Australia. Parliament. Australian National Audit Office.(2000) Coastwatch Australian Customs Service The Auditor-General audit report, no.38, 1999-2000. ISSN 1036-7632 ISBN 0-642-44242-8